Life’s love found in tomb
television shows and written 13 books about boy king Tutankhamun.
“Every year we learn something new about him,” Dr Hawass said.
“I did find out how he died; he was not murdered but had physical problems including flat feet and suffered from malaria.
“I did a CT scan and believe these physical problems and an accident he had two hours before his death, maybe riding a chariot that fell, is how he died. I also did DNA and found his family.”
Dr Hawass was in Perth last week to launch exhibition Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures, presented by Van Egmond Group in association with WA Museum at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre until January 15, 2017.
The exhibition has toured worldwide and Dr Hawass travels to each city to present a public lecture coinciding with the opening.
Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures features a re-creation of King Tut’s tomb as discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in November 1922 and meticulously documented by photographer Harry Burton.
All tickets include an audio guide and Dr Hawass said it was the most authentic exhibit he had seen.
“Most of the artefacts in this exhibition will never leave Egypt,” he said.
“Therefore it’s a great opportunity for people to look at the re-created mask, the coffin and see the amount of gold found inside the tomb.
“It is a well-educated exhibit for children and adults to learn about the discovery.
“Ancient Egypt is the only civilisation in the world where you can ask a child in Perth about it and they will respond with pyramids, sphinx, mummies and King Tut; all four fascinate everyone and now people can experience the mystery and magic of King Tut.”
Dr Hawass said one of his next projects was a show to promote tourism in Egypt where actor Tom Hanks was mentioned as a possible presenter with him.
“It’s not certain but we’re working on finalising it now,” he said.
“I hope it happens.”
World-renowned archaeologist and Egyptologist Dr Zahi Hawass was in Perth to open the exhibition.